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Re: new greenhouse help

Post: #136600 Odsox
Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:54 pm

Marc wrote:Not a tool I'd use for that job but it might suit you if you want to buy one. If you do then be VERY careful with it as I can see toes getting chopped if not. You need steel toe-capped boots. :lol:

I use one because I inherited one many years ago and found it very useful ... it's certainly not sharp enough to chop your toes off, but it would probably not be wise to use it wearing slippers.
Using it is exactly as you describe using a sharp spade, with one BIG exception ... with a mattock you are standing upright, a very important point to us oldies with not so flexible back muscles.
Also it's the right tool for the job ... you could hoe a garden using the spade as you describe, but a hoe is so much better :lol:
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Re: new greenhouse help

Post: #136602 noodles
Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:09 pm

thanks for the info guys. I am literally attached to my toes, so i will be most
careful. I do fancy the azada as i have a big plot to clear, and i also don't
want a bad back for weeks. I had a hack at the weeds with two types of
spade (on new, one old) the other day, and it didn't look like it was going
to do the trick. The grond at the lotty is a weedy nightmare. Any tips on
sharpening spades would be welcome though.

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Re: new greenhouse help

Post: #136620 Marc
Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:54 pm

I use an angle grinder - with a sanding disc is best, at least if the edge of your spade is thin like it should be. But care is needed.
I find a mattock much harder on the back than a spade, everyone's different I guess :mrgreen:
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Re: new greenhouse help

Post: #143006 noodles
Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:54 am

Hi All,

Well i have at last put down my greenhouse base. In th end i got some free
concrete slabs from freecycle, which was great. I spent last thursday digging
over the ground with my mighty Azada, and putting sand down to level it out.
This worked really well.

My question now is...What should i do to secure or weight the greenhouse
base? Should i bolt it to some wood as the frame has small holes around it,
or is anything else more stable?

Thanks.

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Re: new greenhouse help

Post: #143010 Odsox
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:40 am

noodles wrote:My question now is...What should i do to secure or weight the greenhouse
base? Should i bolt it to some wood as the frame has small holes around it,
or is anything else more stable?

If you have a hammer drill by far the best way is to fix it directly to the concrete slabs with screws and rawlplugs.
If not, perhaps you could hire or borrow a drill ?
Tony

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Re: new greenhouse help

Post: #143017 noodles
Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:08 pm

hi odsox,

i thought that might be best. i will have to try and get hold of a cordless hammer
drill, then it's all systems go. I will have to find a load of glass though, to replace
the ones damanged in the move.

cheers.


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